LAKE CHARLES – A citizen of Honduras pleaded guilty last week to re-entering the United States illegally after having been removed.

Ever Salazar-Espinal, 30, of Honduras, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to illegal re-entry of the United States by an alien following deportation or removal.

According to the guilty plea’s factual basis, U.S. Border Patrol agents found Salazar-Espinal Oct. 6, 2017 in Lake Charles and determined that he was in the United States illegally. An immigration records check showed that in 2014, immigration authorities had physically removed Salazar-Espinal from the United States to his native country, Honduras, as ordered by a U.S. immigration court.

The records check further showed that the Immigration Court issued the order of removal after Salazar-Espinal was convicted in Nevada for felony possession of credit or debit cards without the card holder’s consent.

Salazar-Espinal faces up to 10 months in prison, threes years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set sentencing for April 17, 2018.

Customs and Border Protection and the Lake Charles Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel is prosecuting the case.